Thursday, April 4, 2019

Festus Adedayo

    Walking the path of another dawn coup and its martial song

Walking the path of another dawn coup and its martial song

It was one coup where a civilian would outstrip a full-star General in the deployment of loyal troops and clinical execution of the grabbing of power. On display were the legendary cunny, serpentine manipulations, military derring-do and the power-baiting bravura that are associated with post-colonial soldiers. But that these will be on display in a civilian regime and by a [...]

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    Lagos’ dangerous Igbo/Yoruba war

Lagos’ dangerous Igbo/Yoruba war

Lagos, Nigeria in the 2019 Nigerian general elections had a lot in common with the Nigerian 1964 federal elections. The unifying factor between the two elections was how the ethnicities of both Igbo and Yoruba were deplored as a noticeable weapon of fighting elections. Ethnic fissures became dominant catchphrases in political campaigns of the two political periods with demonization of [...]

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    An ‘adiye irana’ for Pius Adesanmi

An ‘adiye irana’ for Pius Adesanmi

Like western philosophers, theologians, necromancers, diviners and the lot, traditional African Yoruba society too couldn’t understand the concept of death. One of its short-cuts of explaining this gripping moment of cessation of breath is by devising what it called the concept of adiye irana.  Adiye irana is a popular concept at the passage of the dead in Yoruba mythology. Elders of the land, [...]

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    Abiola Ajimobi: Mistake or mystique?

Abiola Ajimobi: Mistake or mystique?

The last two weeks must have been very challenging for the governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi. Assailed on all fronts due to the loss of his bid for the Oyo South senatorial district in the February election, the electoral loss became an opportunity for Ajimobi to be pummeled on all fronts by those who had nursed boundless grouses against [...]

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    South-west’s fatal leap

South-west’s fatal leap

As it became clear that former Vice President of Nigeria and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the just-concluded election, Atiku Abubakar, was kissing the electoral canvass, Reno Omokri, the combative spokesman to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, made a submission on the voting trend of the election, his thumbs gleefully held high for the South West of Nigeria.  As I [...]

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    Buhari, Atiku and consequences of our votes

Buhari, Atiku and consequences of our votes

Now that we have cast our votes in the presidential and National Assembly elections, results trickling in in droves and we patiently await their final outcome, what next? This is a question that should agitate the mind of every Nigerian this hour. This particular election has come and gone but it leaves in its trail indelible imprints that have very [...]

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    Drum beating, dancers ready: Why did Yakubu stop the beat?

Drum beating, dancers ready: Why did Yakubu stop the beat?

It is no news that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections that were to hold yesterday. It is also no news that angers, frustration and condemnation of this decision have jammed the Nigerian electoral space. A number of contesting theories have sprung up across divides against the propriety of this decision. While [...]

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    Atiku and el-Rufai’s body bag nationalism

Atiku and el-Rufai’s body bag nationalism

What could have prompted Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai to make such very volatile comment attributed to him on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) interview programme last week? Could it be due to a boldness acquired over the years in the uncharted field of Nigerian politics? Could the governor, famous for his brutal deployment of words and blood-soaked imageries, be [...]

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    Soyinka, Atiku and fruits of the poisonous tree

Soyinka, Atiku and fruits of the poisonous tree

In the democracy that Nigeria enjoys today, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s contribution is huge and unambiguously massive. If weight of contribution were coterminous with reward, Soyinka should be awarded the presidency of Nigeria, post-military regime, like Nelson Mandela of South Africa. In physical participation in attempts to rout the military and mental contributions to same, history has reserved a [...]

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    Onnoghen’s sack as Buhari’s embrace of Laurent Gbagbo

Onnoghen’s sack as Buhari’s embrace of Laurent Gbagbo

Every government always has what I call the Jega moment. Even in advanced democracies, in spite of the sophistication of their governance, politics and powerful institutions, the Jega moment always comes. Broken to its brass-tacks, the Jega moment is that feisty moment that tests an administration’s capacity to jump into an oceanic tidal wave without a life-jacket. The Jega moment [...]

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    MC Oluomo, Bayo Success and the curse of Lagos motor park kingpins

MC Oluomo, Bayo Success and the curse of Lagos motor park kingpins

The fracas in Lagos on January  8, 2019 during the rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  held at the Skypower Grounds, Ikeja Government Reservation Area has, once again, brought into grim reality how Nigerian politicians have overtime played upon the tripodal factors of illiteracy of members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) their naivety and the huge [...]

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    Buhari’s campaign, debate by proxy

Buhari’s campaign, debate by proxy

President Muhammadu Buhari shocked the world last week and ipso facto pushed his contentious name and credentials into the Guinness Book of Records. Even his admirers who bear cultic allegiance to his leadership credentials were serially shocked. At a time when those who claim to see doom in his second term candidacy wondered how the president would weather the rigor of campaigns [...]

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    Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut

Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut

The squirrel in traditional African worldview is the animal which got summarily killed by the searing pellets from the bullets of the hunter due to its inability to discern. Its roasted head, made into a gourmet and displayed on a platter, preparatory to being devoured for dinner, is held in African homes of yore as a lesson to men and [...]

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    How Nigeria killed Badeh, Alkali 

How Nigeria killed Badeh, Alkali 

The gory pictures of General Idris Alkali in soiled shroud as he was ferreted out of the shallow well his traducers dumped him and General Alex Badeh, felled by evil doers will forever prey on the minds of their families and friends. The Nigerian Army, after weeks of searching for the remains of Retired General Alkali, had discovered his body [...]

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    The beheaded boy by Ogun River bank

The beheaded boy by Ogun River bank

Still unable to get concrete links to the killing in Benin Republic as well, investigations took the police further down Southern Africa. The police’s theory was that Boy Adam was trafficked to the UK for muti sacrifice. Muti is derived from a Zulu word called umuthi (tree) whose root is thi. Gruesome murders and mutilations are emblematic of Muti killings and they are done by excising body parts of their [...]

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    Absence of lafiya in Lafiya Dole’s expulsion of UNICEF

Absence of lafiya in Lafiya Dole’s expulsion of UNICEF

The Army’s statement immediately courted diatribes across the globe. International human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said it was an attempt to demonize the humanitarian agency and intimidate it from carrying out its globally recognised assignment, while tagging the allegations against the body as absurd. On the effect of this ostensibly depthless decision, Amnesty said it “will, in fact, deprive those [...]

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